Event Details

"One Night in Memphis"
The Music of Elvis Presley,
Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis,
& Johnny Cash

Saturday, May 19, 2018
7:30 PM
Monroe High School Performing Arts Center
1600 26th Street, Monroe

“The performer’s talent was outstanding.  One left the show feeling exhilarated."
-David Zamarin, EVP of marketing at Nugget Casino, Reno, Nevada

“An amazing show.”
-The San Francisco Examiner

"A live, hard charging rock and roll romp!"
-The Daily Herald, Chicago



 

Get ready for a night of rockabilly, country, gospel, and pure 1950's rock and roll with One Night in Memphis - a high energy concert that takes you back to December 4, 1956, the magical night when four of the biggest names in early rock and roll -- Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash – gathered together for an impromptu jam session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis.

This number one and nationally acclaimed tribute concert features nationally acclaimed features cast members from Broadway and the touring company who have an uncanny sound, look, and feel of the original legends, all backed by an authentic and energetic rockabilly backup band. You will feel as though you are witnessing a rock-and-roll royalty jam session with the legendary performers whose music has stood the test of time.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM NOTES:
One Night in Memphis: Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash tributes a night in rock and roll history that still lives on today. On December 4th, 1956, Carl Perkins, along with his brothers Clayton and Jay booked a recording session at Sam Phillip's Sun Records studios in Memphis, TN.  He was to record an old blues song called, “Matchbox” that the Beatles covered as well years later.  On the session as well was one of Sam Phillip’s latest acquisition’s to his stable of acts, a young and cocky piano player from Ferriday, Louisiana by the name of Jerry Lee Lewis.  Not too long after they got a satisfactory take, Elvis Presley dropped by (a big star already) and listened in.  Johnny Cash dropped in as well.  A jam session then ensued and the engineer that day Jack Clement kept the tape rolling without the knowledge of anyone.  The jam session went on for quite a while and at some point during the session Sam Phillips called the Memphis Press Scimitar newspaper and they came by towards the end and shot some photos of it. An Article appeared the next day about the memorable occasion under the headline of “Million Dollar Quartet.” What survives today is a recording of an event that is a momentous eavesdropping on American recording artist icons in their prime; Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash all having the time of their life singing country, gospel and rock and roll songs. It’s a fascinating glimpse of rock and roll in its infancy and shows what these legends all shared in common; growing up in the south and singing gospel music in church.  You can also hear a camaraderie between major music stars in their prime, something that is rare in today’s music business.

“One Night in Memphis” was created in 2012 by John Mueller, well known for his long running and successful number one tribute, “Winter Dance Party, tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.”